Subject: Gravel bars Fraser River near Chilliwack - conservation area
I thought you might be interested in this. Bob Barron and myself were playing around on the gravel bars today and ended up landing on one with a nice smooth sandy area. I've seen aircraft in there many times. I think you and your friend with the 172 may even have landed in there on occasion.
In any case we landed there today, and there was a 180 already there with several people already walking around enjoying the day. As we walked over to say hello we were approached by a couple of parks bc volunteer wardens asking if we knew that the island was an ecological reserve? Of course we didn't. It isn't marked on the aviation chart. I pulled out my laptop and we checked the Parks BC website and the map they provide doesn't even clearly indicate the area as ecological reserve. It is however a reserve and apparently we aren't welcome there with our aircraft.
Anyway, here is the link to the Parks BC page with the info and a google earth pic of the area in question. Fortunately it's the only ecological reserve in the area, all other gravel bars appear to be fair game.